How does the site work?
Teaches are invited to add their profile to the database. In the profiles, teachers specify certain details including the language of tuition and their rates. Students looking for a private lesson teacher in Japan access the website and browse the private lesson teachers. If there is a private lesson teacher which the student would like to take private lessons with, the student can become a member of the website. One of the benefits of membership, is that once in the member's area, students can view the contact details of the private lesson teachers. Only members can view the private lesson teacher contact details.
Who should use Orangutan English.com?
People genuine and serious about teaching and learning in Japan. You must currently be living in Japan and available to teach in order to sign up, and we ask that you intend to stay in Japan for a period of at least 3 months. You are required to be completely fluent in the language you are teaching. If the profile you enter has mistakes, which suggest you may not meet this requirement, your profile will be removed. We advise you advertise to teach your native language.
Where do I teach, and how do I teach?
Teachers can teach in any place that is mutually agreed by the student and the teacher. Common places to teach private lessons in Japan are public places such as coffee shops, libraries etc. Different teachers have different teaching methods and teachers can teach in a manner that suits them and benefits the student.
Who can sign up as a teacher?
Ideally native speakers who are serious and confident about their teaching ability. We ask that are teachers expect to able to teach for a minimum of 3 months in the area of Japan specified in their profile. Our private lesson teachers are required to have a valid visa for their time in Japan. You don't have to already be a teacher in Japan to enter your details; we gladly accept profiles from business people, other working professionals, students, housewives etc. We are looking for teachers to teach all across Japan and we are not only looking for English teachers but also teachers of all languages.
How much can I earn?
Teachers specify their own rates and can take on as many students as they are able to successfully provide quality private language lessons to. Some teachers may wish to only teach private lessons to a single student, whereas other teachers may wish to teach private lessons to several students.
Is there a contract? Should I wear a suit?
There is no contract with Orangutan English, and teachers are free to wear what they choose when teaching private lessons in Japan. However, if your lesson is deemed unsatisfactory by the student, the student is free to contact another teacher from our database, so it's in your interest to deliver a private lesson in a professional manner.
Where should I teach the students?
That's for you and your student(s) to decide. However, we recommend you teach in a public place, such as a coffee shop, library, town hall etc.
What happens if I can't make the appointment?
If you can't make an appointment you have made, contact the student and let them know. If you do not and the student complains you will be removed from the website
Can I use this site to make friends?
Not really. This site is for teachers serious about teaching and students serious about learning. We encourage responsbile professional teacher - student relationships. We take no responsibility for the relationships which may develop between teacher and student. If any teacher (or student) is reported to be acting in an inappropriate manner they will be immediately removed from the website.
What qualifications are needed to teach?
As a minimum, you are required to be able to speak to a native level. You are also required to have a legal working permit. Any profiles we receive which suggest (through grammatical and spelling errors) your own English ability is not at a level good enough to teach, will not be added to our database.
Where do I teach?
You can decide this together with your student. If you have access to a classroom or a free space in a library or community centre this would be ideal. Other common places are a coffee shop, an office or the student's home.
How do students get my contact Information?
Students can browse the teacher profiles for free. However, these profiles do not display your contact details (email and phone number). Once the student pays a membership fee, the student can access a members section of the website. In this section, profiles are listed with the contact details displayed. Your profile is viewed by potential students at www.orangutanjapan.com
How can I remove my profile?
You can remove or edit your profile at any time. Just click the 'edit profile' button from the home page and follow the instructions.
I'm not getting any students. What's wrong?
There are a number of teacher student introduction websites like this one, and adding your profile to all of them will increase your chances of finding private students. Other ways you can improve your chances of being contacted are as follows:
Ensure your profile is clearly and accurately filled out.
If you can write in Japanese, show this in your profile.
Add a clear recent photograph.
Profiles with photos are always pushed to the top of the list.
Don't overcharge if you don't have the skills or qualifications to back up your price. 2500 yen per hour is about average, but this does vary quite considerably between teachers.
You can also add a short video introduction. If you send us a short video introduction we will add it to your profile. This gives students a better 'feel' as to what kind of teacher you may be like, and gives them the chance to hear your accent. You can send it to us, or upload via the website.